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Just added: New MaxFunDrive Pledge Gifts


Still need an incentive to get off your duff and donate? We just added some awesome new MaxFunDrive gifts to our stash!

For supporting MaxFun at $20/month, you'll get a MaxFun t-shirt of your choice, our Live in New York DVD, and you'll get to choose one of our pledge gifts. See the full list of gifts here, and then visit to pledge your support.

The Clock Without a Face, by Eli Horowitz, Mac Barnett, and Scott Teplin

Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This? DVD

Bob Saget: That Ain't Right DVD

Brian Regan: I Walked on the Moon DVD

Louis CK: Chewed Up CD

Joe Rogan: Talking Monkeys in Space CD

T-Shirt Contest Winners


Our t-shirt contest for The Sound of Young America, Jordan, Jesse, Go!, and Stop Podcasting Yourself has ended, and we have three great new designs.

Congrats to Alex J. Cohn, Dan Henrick, and Jason Barry!

You can get yourself one of these shirts by donating $10/month or more in our MaxFunDrive 2010! Donate today!

MaxFunDrive 2010 Thank You Gifts


The best part of the Maximum Fun Drive is, of course, the thank you gifts. Here's a list of these amazing treasures just waiting to be claimed by new donors. These gifts typically go in the first few days of the pledge drive, so give quickly if you want them.

To get a thank you gift, pledge at twenty dollars or more a month, and indicate your top three preferences, in order, in the field provided on the "Donate" page. We can't promise you'll get your first choice, but if past experience is a guide, you should get one of your picks.


TSOYA Classics: Live in New York, Part 2! (December 1st, 2006)


This week's classic is part 2 of our live show in NYC, and is just as jam-packed with guests.

Andrés du Bouchet is a comedian and comedy writer who most recently wrote for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and was the host of the long-running "Giant Tuesday Night Of Amazing Inventions And Also There Is A Game". Andres warms us up with some riffs on vampires and Ikea.

Our old friends in the NYC-based comedy group Elephant Larry then take the stage for a sea-faring sketch replete with shanties. Elephant Larry recently released the awesome parody The Wow.

They're followed by a few songs from the singer-songwriter and geek hero Jonathan Coulton.

Finally, we're joined by Kurt Andersen, host of PRI's Studio 360 and author of books like Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America. Kurt talks about the founding and evolution of Spy Magazine and working with Graydon Carter.

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MaxFunCon Podcast Ep. 14: Julia Crookston


We're so excited to have Chef Julia Crookston as our in-house cooking instructor at MaxFunCon, where she'll be helping us make delicious zucchini pickles. Head over to the MaxFunCon site to get our podcast -- you'll learn a thing or two about Julia and get a mini-lesson in making your own salad dressing.

MaxFunCon Podcast Ep. 11: Merlin Mann


Merlin Mann shared his thoughts on creativity and producing creative work in a very popular talk at last year's MaxFunCon.

Maybe you couldn't make it in 2009. Well, luckily enough for you, Merlin will be joining us again this year. In anticipation of next week's podcast, in which Jesse will be talking to him about his upcoming book, we're sharing the advice he gave at MaxFunCon 2009.

Merlin is great at breaking down the process of making art, or writing, or however you choose to be awesome and helping you think clearly about how you can stop stalling and just get started. So what are you waiting for? Help him help you by heading over to the MaxFunCon site to get the podcast.

TSOYA Classics: Live in New York (December 1st, 2006)


This week's classic episode brings us part one of The Sound of Young America's first live on-stage show (aw!), recorded at The People's Improv Theater in New York City.

The standup comedian Heather Lawless, who is part of the live show Variety Shac, begins with ruminations on her body issues and other relatable topics, related in her fabulous Southern drawl.

Then we hear from Mike Daisey, the amazing storyteller, actor, and author of 21 Dog Years: A Cube Dweller's Tale. Mike spends some time telling us stories of his time spent in frozen Northern Maine, giving us a alternately funny and scary portrait of his youth.

The actor, director, and writer David Wain then joins the stage for a conversation with Jesse to talk about his film The Ten and being a part of the hotbed of creative talent that was the sketch comedy show The State.

And finally, we wrap up with a performance from hip-hop group Tanya Morgan. Enjoy.

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MaxFunCon Podcast Ep. 10: John Hodgman and Merlin Mann


A few months ago, MaxFunster Merlin Mann (of 43 Folders and You Look Nice Today fame) conducted a live interview with MaxFunster John Hodgman (of Daily Show and Areas of My Expertise fame).

Want to know what kind of persimmon-kickery these two might be capable of at this year's MaxFunCon? Get the podcast of their conversation over at

MaxFunCon Podcast Ep. 9: Andrew WK at WNYC


We guarantee the always epic Andrew WK will be ready to motivate and inspire you at this year's MaxFunCon. Need to get pumped up now? Head over to the MaxFunCon site to hear his live interview and performance on an episode of The Sound of Young America in NYC.

TSOYA Classics: Zines! (November 17, 2006)


This week's guests are two writers. First, we welcome V. Vale, legendary underground publisher behind Re/Search Publications, a series of zine-like books on the counter-culture, including ZINES! Volume One: Incendiary Interviews with Independent Publishers.

We also talk to acclaimed author Josh Karp, who wrote A Futile and Stupid Gesture, an exploration of the history of National Lampoon and how it changed America's comedy scene.

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